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Best grief recovery handbook for pet loss
1. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
FeatureI Wasn t Ready to Say Goodbye Surviving Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
The grief books that just "gets it".
Each year about eight million Americans suffer the death of someone close to them. Now for thse who face the challenges of sudden death, there is a hand to hold, written by two women who have experienced sudden loss. This updated edition of the best-selling bereavement classic will touch, comfort, uplift and console. Authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D. explore sudden death and offers a comforting hand to hold for those who are grieving the sudden death of a loved one.
Featured on ABC World News, Fox and Friends and many other shows, this book acts as a touchstone of sanity through difficult times. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye covers such difficult topics as the first few weeks, suicide, death of a child, children and grief, funerals and rituals, physical effects, homicide and depression. New material covers the unique circumstances of loss, men and women's grieving styles, religion and faith, myths and misunderstandings, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye reflects the shifting face of grief.
These pages have offered solace to over eighty thousand people, ranging from seniors to teenagers and from the newly bereaved to those who lost a loved one years ago. Individuals engulfed by the immediate aftermath will find a special chapter covering the first few weeks.
Tapping their personal histories and drawing on numerous interviews, authors Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D, explore unexpected death and its role in the cycle of life. I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye provides survivors with a rock-steady anchor from which to weather the storm of pain and begin to rebuild their lives.
Praise for I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye:
"I highly recommend this book, not only to the bereaved, but to friends and counselors as well." Helen Fitzgerald, author of The Grieving Child, The Mourning Handbook, and The Grieving Teen
"This book, by women who have done their homework on grief... can hold a hand and comfort a soul through grief 's wilderness. Oustanding references of where to see other help." George C. Kandle, Pastoral Psychologist
"Finally, you have found a friend who can not only explain what has just occurred, but can take you by the hand and lead you to a place of healing and personal growth. Whether you are dealing with the loss of a family member, a close personal associate or a friend, this guide can help you survive and cope, but even more importantly... heal." The Rebecca Review
"For those dealing with the loss of a loved one, or for those who want to help someone who is, this is a highly recommended read."Midwest Book Review
2. The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss
FeatureThe Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss
If youve found yourself almost inconsolable after your pet died, please know that youre normal.
If youve found that your family and friends dont seem to understand the level of your grief, please know that, too, is normal.
Without comparing our relationships with our pets to those with people, we know that, because of the unique emotional relationships we have with our pets, their deaths produce a level of pain that is difficult to describe.
If you relate to any or all of these sentences, this book is for you.
We have been there and most probably will be there again. We will be with you on this journey to help your heart deal with the absence of your cherished companion.
Russell, Cole, and John
Your relationship with your pet is specialits a bond that is very different than those that human beings share with each other. When a beloved pet passes away, people often resort to incorrect mechanisms to deal with the grief, such as trying to move too quickly past the loss (dismissing the real impact), or even attempting to replace the pet immediately. However, these are merely two myths out of six that the authors discuss and dismantle in The Grief Recovery Handbook for Pet Loss. Based on the authors Grief Recovery Method, this book addresses how losing a pet is different from losing a human loved one, and ultimately, how to move on with life.
3. Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers: Coping Wisdom for Heart and Soul After the Loss of a Beloved Feline
Description"...more than just another book on pet loss. Reading this book is like talking to a friend who knows you almost better than you know yourself...it doesn't stop at just helping you through the grief...it will help you find an even deeper connection to your lost loved ones."- Ingrid King, ConsciousCat.net, author of Buckley's Story and Purrs of Wisdom
If the loss of a feline friend has hit you particularly hard, know you are not alone.
In Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers, you will find validation, coping insights, and practical wisdom conveyed with spiritual warmth.
Liz Eastwood, CNC weaves her own experiences with advice from grief experts and stories from cat lovers to help you:
This book also explores evidence of the most soulful of soul comforts: the possibility of the continuation of your loved ones spiritand your connection to that spiritafter death. This topic is discussed from a perspective of open-minded curiosity, without bringing in any particular dogma or religion.
Asserting that you can live wholeheartedly after loss, and that your feline friend would want nothing less for you, Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers is a compassionate handbook for your grief-healing journey.
PART 1Coping with the Loss of Your Feline Friend: Wisdom for mind, body, and spirit
- How Long Should This Be Taking?
- Learning to Ignore Everyone Who Doesnt Get It
- Understanding What Feelings Are Normal at This Time
- Giving Sorrow the Space to Transform
- Replenishing Your Coping Reserves
- Using Ritual to Honor Your Cat, Heal, andFeel Connected
- Creating Something Positive Out of Grief Energy:The Tribute
- Saving Memories You Dont Want to Forget
- Choosing Continued Connection Instead of Closure
- Asking a Magic Question
- Considering the Right Time to Adopt Another Cat
- Knowing When and How to Get More Support
PART 2Finding Comfort in Wonder: Allowing the possibility that death is not the end
- Choosing Wonder
- Looking at Experiences of Connection After Death
- Exploring Science That Suggests More to Life and Death
PART 3Conclusion: Emerging Whole After Loss
- Emerging Whole After Loss
Appendix: Soul Comfort Poems for Ceremonies
About the Author
4. Grief Day By Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living with Loss
Grief Day by Day offers supportive readings and exercises to help you move through life after loss, one day at a time.
Grief is complex. It is ever changing and may come to us differently on any given day. Grief Day by Day offers reflections and practices that address the day-to-day feelings that accompany the ever changing process of grief.
In Grief Day by Day, Jan Warner draws on her own extensive experience and the experiences of the 2 million followers on her Grief Speaks Out Facebook page to offer hope in its most practical form. This book does not look to offer a solution to grief. Rather, it provides supportive, useful guidance to help you create a life in which peace, and even gratitude, can coexist with your grief.
Inside the pages of Grief Day by Day youll find:
- 365 Daily Reflections that include quotes, meditations, and other musings on grief
- Weekly Themes that capture common feelings and experiences such as: Loneliness, Things Left Unsaid, Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms, Guilt, and Intimacy
- 52 Healing Exercises that help you process your feelings at the end of each week and develop skills for coping with grief as it arises
There is no right way to grieve, and there is no right way to use this book. Whether you follow it page by page, or select that which seems most relevant to you at the moment, how you use this book is less important than why you are using it. Youre using this book because you have chosen to honor your experience, to make a home for your grief, and to find a new way of living on the bridge between loss and life.
5. Cold Noses At The Pearly Gates: A Book of Hope for Those Who Have Lost a Pet
DescriptionDo all dogs and cats really go to heaven? Yes, they do!
The death of your beloved pet can be one of the most heartbreaking losses you'll ever endure. But recovery isn't only about closure. You also want to know where your best friend has gone.
After the intense, unexpected grief he experienced following the loss of his own companions, animal lover and biblical scholar Gary Kurz set out to prove that there are indeed pets in Paradise. After devoting countless hours of research, he now shares his inspiring insights to bring you a richer understanding of animals and their souls. You'll finally find answers to common questions about animals and the afterlife--and you'll also get a 30-day devotional to help you work through your grief.
If you've ever loved and lost a pet, or if you know someone who has shared a special bond with a furry face and a cold, wet nose, you'll welcome this amazing book's reassurance that love and loyalty are truly eternal, and that someday, you and your pets will be together again.
Gary Kurz is a retired Coast Guard officer who served his country faithfully and honorably for over 30 years. He and his wife have a love for animals and a concern for others who share their love. He lives in Manhattan, Kansas, near Kansas City.
6. Progressing Through Grief: Guided Exercises to Understand Your Emotions and Recover from Loss
FeatureProgressing Through Grief Guided Exercises to Understand Your Emotions and Recover from Loss
Description"From the clinical perspective of a licensed mental health counselor...some of the questions we are often asked include 'Is this normal?' or 'Am I going crazy?' Progressing Through Grief answers these universal questions and others, and illustrates how personal and unique each person's experience is with loss."
Ccile Rve, LMHC and Co-founder of ARTrelief, an expressive arts therapy center
Grieving is a highly personal experience and reactions differ from person to person. Feelings of loss are arguably the most unique, confusing feelings with which to cope. Therapist and grief expert, Stephanie Jose, understands this. She wrote Progressing Through Grief as an interactive resource to gently meet you wherever you are today, as you move through your grief and towards healing. Stephanie has spent countless hours working with grieving clients, and she saw the need for a resource that would address the various feelings of grief that occur at any stage of the process.
Twenty years ago, Stephanie Jose became well acquainted with grief when she suddenly lost her friend. She has experienced first-hand many of the same feelings as her patients. Progressing Through Grief provides practical methods for coping with immediate feelings of loss, as well as the difficult emotions that can persist over time.
Progressing Through Grief is divided into three sections, each focusing on key factors that create a powerful process for healing:
- Understanding why grieving is important, and how grief affects your body
- Identifying complicated feelings and learning skills for coping with them
- Journaling to move through overwhelming feelings and practicing self-care through relaxation techniques, nutrition tips, and meditation practices
7. Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
DescriptionWhen the death of a relative, a friend, or a pet happens or is about to happen . . . how can we help a child to understand?
Lifetimes is a moving book for children of all ages, even parents too. It lets us explain life and death in a sensitive, caring, beautiful way. Lifetimes tells us about beginnings. And about endings. And about living in between. With large, wonderful illustrations, it tells about plants. About animals. About people. It tells that dying is as much a part of living as being born. It helps us to remember. It helps us to understand.
Lifetimes . . . a very special, very important book for you and your child. The book that explainsbeautifullythat all living things have their own special Lifetimes.
8. Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die
FeatureGoing Home Finding Peace When Pets Die
In this invaluable guide and touchstone, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a beloved pet. Drawing on personal experiences, stories from fellow pet owners, and philosophical reflections, Katz provides support for those in mourning. By allowing ourselves to grieve honestly and openly, he posits, we can in time celebrate the dogs, cats, and other creatures that have so enriched us. Katz compels us to consider if we gave our pets good lives, if we were their advocates in times of need, and if we used our best judgments in the end. In dealing with these issues, we can alleviate guilt, let go, and help others who are undergoing similar passages. By honoring the animals that have graced our lives, we reveal their truly timeless gifts: unwavering companionship and undying love.
With a brand-new Foreword by the author
9. Helping Children Grieve (Grief Steps Guides)
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A direct, yet sensitive guide for helping in the recovery and healing of children, from the very youngest of age up to teenagers and beyond.
Most children experience a certain level of order and happiness in their lives. Suddenly, when a child experiences profound loss or an unexpected death, their world is no longer "normal", and that stability is replaced with grief, confusion, and anxiety.
In Helping Children Grieve, Ruth P. Arent extends a bold yet gentle hand to hold during this most painful of life's experiences. Her practical and insightful exercises and stories accompanied with her optimism and empathy will help parents and caregivers nurture and assist the bereaved child.
With the right amount of patience and perspective, this book will help return the child to a renewed level of trust, spontaneity and hope for a future of wellness.